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Project: Denver City Park City Loop
Location: Denver, Colorado
Client: Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Public Works
Lead Design Team: PORT A+U and Indie Architecture
Design Team: Latitude 39, Studio NYL, JunoWorks, Loren Landow and Site Masters Inc.
PORT Team: Christopher Marcinkoski, Andrew Moddrell, Brandon Biederman, Bradford Goetz, Kyle Reynolds
Size: 13 Acres
RFQ, Concept Design Phases 1 and 2: April-August 2012
Design Development, Public Engagement: January-August 2013
City Loop: One Loop, Limitless Possibilities
Our proposal for a new regional civic space within Denver’s City Park is based upon a distributed, fully accessible mobility loop with the capacity to activate and reorient the entire park toward a one-of-a-kind intergenerational recreational landscape. The half-mile-long mobility loop (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) to create a continuously re-definable circuit of engagement and activity.
The vibrantly colored surface of the mobility loop is paralleled by a kinetic tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of activity pods. These pod enclosures and frames draw activity from the mobility loop and the park beyond by creating distinct micro-environments for play and social interaction. However, the physical form of the pods is intentionally abstract, inviting engagement by people of all ages and abilities. This thickened perimeter of movement, activity, planting and social interaction also serves to frame a large, 6-acre central lawn that allows for the kinetic activities of the Loop to extend to the interior of the site area.
The total area of construction proposed for the City Loop project is just over 3 acres, yet the proposal has the capacity to activate not only the larger, 13-acre parcel within which it is sited but also City Park in general, offering a new landmark destination for the city’s residents and visitors. The project promotes public health on many levels — physical, social, cultural and environmental — while serving to enhance the physical beauty of the existing park. The varied, flexible and diverse nature of the City Loop proposal offers a 21st century view of what a public landscape can be and strives to establish a new precedent in contemporary civic amenities for the City of Denver.